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Never Comes Silence - Red Ocean (8/10) - Germany - 2002

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 44:29
Band homepage: Never Comes Silence

Tracklist:

  1. Silent...
  2. Raven
  3. Flying
  4. Well World
  5. Red Ocean
  6. My Spirit
  7. Stargazing
  8. Metalheart
  9. Spirit Of Bounty
Never Comes Silence - Red Ocean
NEVER COMES SILENCE come from Germany and play atmospheric Metal! That's the point - but nobody can handle with that. Whatever you imagine with this description, I would describe it as Gothic Metal with Folkparts. On the one hand they have a very good female vocalist, who is sometimes embraced with some male grunts, on the other hand, the violin plays an important part for the music! Those mix offers attractiveness indeed because the songs are well-arranged and will stay for a while in your mind!

The introducing instrumental "Silent" could also be written of a band like CRUACHAN but then the first "real" song starts with "Raven". This tune sounds well to me and sounds really Gothic-Metal-like! A song like "Flying" is an absolute catchy song and hunts me for days, great riffs, strong violin, good hooks! That's very good! But it can be also a bit calmer, for example with "Well World", where vocalist Tanja is allowed to sing seductively and softly. Generally, diversified elements are the strength of NEVER COMES SILENCE, who's expecting the typical THEATRE OF TRAGEDY-scheme is totally wrong...everything suits perfectly, the grunts are well-introduced and the keyboards not too much in the forefront. The song "Metalheart" is no ACCEPT coverversion, it's a strong own song, a bit more complexly-arranged, but it can convince just with its violinparts, although Tanja sings on her vocal limits...

But I don't care about that, I'm not from the musicpolice - this record is fun and that's the main thing. (Online December 27, 2002)

Ralf Henn



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